Promise before his wounds were dressed
Six-year-old Promise Eboye, should not be alive,
at least going by the four gory looking stab injuries
on his back. The boy survived an attack that would
have killed even an adult had the injuries been
sustained in vital parts of the body.
Promise, a bright and sharp boy lives with his
mother and step-father in Kollington area of Ijaiye,
Lagos, while his biological father lives in Benin,
At about 8am on Monday, Promise’s mother,
Comfort, stabbed her son four times, inflicting life-
threatening injuries on the boy’s body.
The broken bottle the woman used on her son tore
into the boy’s flesh inflicting one three-inch injury
and another two-inch injury on the boy’s back.
Two other wounds looked equally horrific but were
not as long and deep as the other two.
Neighbours said if Promise had not run away from
his mother, who held tight to his wrist and stabbed
him as he screamed, he would have been stabbed
What manner of crime could such a young boy
have committed, people who witnessed the scene
On Wednesday, our correspondent visited the
woman’s house on Olawoyin Street. The story that
Promise, his neighbours and the hospital workers
told could only be described as incredible.
Promise, who seems to have a remarkable
memory, told Saturday PUNCH that his mother has
a “N30 cane”, which she uses to flog him, even
when he had no idea what he had done wrong. He
said she would sometimes beat him till he could
“My mother is wicked,” Promise said simply,
quietly. As shocking as that sounded, coming from
a six-year-old, it explained the kind of treatment
the boy had been experiencing in the hands of his
Promise said he had been living with his father in
Edo State since he was one year old. But when he
was five, his mother came to take him from his
The boy said, “I was sweeping the day she came. I
did not know her as my mother. My father then
told me that she was my mother and she had
come to take me to Lagos.
“When we came to Lagos, I started to live with her
and my step-father. But she beat me all the time.”
Asked what happened on Monday to make his
mother stab him, Promise said he tripped and fell.
He said, “When I fell, my mother asked me what
pushed me and why I fell. She was angry and went
to take her N30 cane. When she was beating me
too much and I was screaming, one of our
neighbours came to hold her hand to take the cane
away from her. The woman said I should run away
because my mother would kill me the way she was
“My mother said ‘I will kill you, I will kill you’. When
she could not find anything else to beat me with,
she took a broken bottle on the ground and started
to stab me on the back.”
Promise was rescued by alarmed residents, who
took him to a private hospital nearby.
But by the time the boy was taken to the hospital,
Comfort had planted another story in the boy’s
Pastor Charles Agboola, a pharmacist who founded
the hospital, said the two people who brought
Promise in said the boy fell down and landed on a
broken bottle. When Agboola’s wife, a nurse, asked
the boy what actually happened, Promise told her
that he was watching two people fight when he
sustained the injury.
The nurse told our correspondent, “He told me that
they pushed him and he landed on the broken
bottles but when I informed my husband, he said
immediately that the story could not be true. I also
noticed that the wounds were not consistent with
“It was shocking that the boy’s mother was not
remorseful in any way. It was when she dashed
out of the door under the pretence that she was
going to look for money for the boy’s treatment,
that a crowd from their street, who were coming to
the hospital ,grabbed her and told the true story of
“When we asked Promise why he lied, he said his
mother had told him what to say when asked how
he sustained the injury.”
Mr. Agboola told Saturday PUNCH that by the time
the boy was about to leave the clinic, he was
“He said he did not want to go back home. We fed
him, gave him any kind of food he wanted because
I could not leave the boy to suffer even though
nobody paid us any money for his treatment. We
even prayed for him. Anytime we brought up the
issue of who would take over his care when he
was released from our hospital, he became very
sad,” the pharmacist said.
Neighbours told our correspondent that Comfort
sometimes punished the boy by smashing his head
against a wall whenever he did something wrong.
Comfort was later handed over to the police at
Comfort, who is nursing a toddler, said Promise
stepped on her baby, which was why she became
When Promise’s biological father was later
contacted, he initially said he wanted nothing to do
with the issue.
“I have other children – I have produced boys and
girls. Whatever she likes, she should do with her
son. When she likes, she would take the boy to a
motor park and send him to me through a driver,”
the man said.
Later when he was told that his ex-wife was in
police custody, he said he would come to Lagos to
pick the boy.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Kenneth
Nwosu, said Comfort would be arraigned as soon
He explained that Promise had been treated and
discharged from hospital. As of the time of filing
this report, Promise was being housed at the
Lagos State social welfare home.
Later on Thursday, Comfort was arraigned at an
Ojokoro Magistrate Court, Lagos on charges of
assault occasioning harm and attempted murder.
Promise’s father also came to Lagos on Thursday
to take the boy. The father declined to speak on the
issue when our correspondent tried to ask him
some questions. “I only came to Lagos to pick the
boy,” he said.
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